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by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)
Replies: 58
Views: 18150

Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

I'm still not sure if i will/can play this, but we'll be in Atlanta so there's a chance. I will, however, write those 6 tossups. I'm about halfway there so i'll try to do the rest this weekend.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

If there is any bracketing done in this tournament, consider that CR will be missing two members of its team on this day unfortunately, including Pratyusha, one of our two seniors.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6601

Re: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion

Charlie, you make a great point about Baltimore. I know there were a good number of teams from that area at NHBB a couple weeks ago, including one, Mt. St. Joseph, who has a player who'd already talked to Daniel from GDS about quizbowl. I referred him to the forums and hsquizbowl.org in general. CR ...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6601

Re: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion

Schools in DC need to buckle down, suck it up, and start co-hosting tournaments. Look, it's awesome that at CR i have a group of dedicated kids who want to drive 2 hours ten times a year. But i would rather do it 6 times a year to go to competitions with more teams playing. Just because Thomas Jeffe...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

I really think trying to create a schedule right now is a little silly because you know the field is going to change day by day. It would be cool to have it all set right now, i just don't think it's going to happen quite yet. With that said, by about Wednesday or certainly Thursday of next week, we...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 11, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Is this tournament going to have more world-class staffers than teams? Thrilling.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Thu May 10, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6601

Re: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion

I agree with Matt here, dumbing down the questions so every team can get 20 ppb is not the answer, that'll just lead to a decrease in competition in the long run. What I have seen that has worked is having a novice set run at the same time as the regular set. For example, the Culver tournament had ...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Thu May 10, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6601

Re: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion

I'm certainly not saying that questions should be unplayable! Questions should be written such that all teams can play on them without either 20 to 10 results or "dumbed down" content. If an IS set is too hard for half your field than it means IS sets need to be easier, not that we need to go down ...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Tue May 08, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

I think this is a tournament, Will, where preserving actual teams is probably a good idea.

That being said, we kind of need more teams to show up. CR would rather not play an octuple round robin against Whitman.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Tue May 08, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 5527

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

I didn't realize that so few others agreed with me. I won't make a ruckus about it anymore.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Tue May 08, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 5527

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

These are all good points, and things that do need to be fixed. I also like, Dave, that you pointed out things with concrete fixes that can be worked on with real solutions. I also want to suggest something as well, that others have mentioned in the other thread. I think we should go to classic 20/2...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon May 07, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Scoff if you will, but I'd take the volunteer with a positive attitude and a heart in the right place over one with a chip on his shoulder. It's no contest. You're seriously accusing me of not having my heart in the right place in this tournament? You came because you're obsessed with Jeopardy and ...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon May 07, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

That's perfectly fine. I, however, will drive 2 hours next year and volunteer all over again, for no compensation, because i know it's the right thing to do.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon May 07, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Let me make this really clear for any other Jeopardy! people (and i say this as a former contestant as well, but so much more importantly as a quizbowl coach for the last 6 years, and player since 1995) that feel like posting here, defending their right to come to this tournament and volunteer becau...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun May 06, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

thejeopardyfan wrote: I guess I would suggest an alternative source for volunteers if you really don't want the Jeopardy! events.
NOW we're on to something...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun May 06, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

In addition to this, I also am curious if the side events will still be kept for next year or if that's going to get shelved so the focus is towards the Bowl and Bee competitions and improving the experience, you know, what people came to D.C. for. The side events really seem unnecessary in the gra...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun May 06, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/6/2012
Replies: 55
Views: 20471

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/6/2012

This was a fun tournament to moderate at. Once again, sorry my team couldn't come, but i enjoyed being there. The questions were quite good. The announced difficulty adjustment was very clear and resulted in much more enjoyable games in the lower playoff bracket (which i read) then in previous years...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 04, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Okay. Cool... but, maybe more teams should sign up first? Hopefully you recruit some this weekend.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 04, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Quiz Bowl League
Replies: 19
Views: 6028

Re: Mid-Atlantic Quiz Bowl League

This is kind of a cool idea. I would be eternally grateful if it helped other middle schools in Delaware play, as currently not a single one south of the C&D Canal have played any quizbowl event (discounting the Texaco Star Challenge from the 1990s). I'm curious as to how this is going to work. Whe...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 04, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Quiz Bowl League
Replies: 19
Views: 6028

Re: Mid-Atlantic Quiz Bowl League

This is kind of a cool idea. I would be eternally grateful if it helped other middle schools in Delaware play, as currently not a single one south of the C&D Canal have played any quizbowl event (discounting the Texaco Star Challenge from the 1990s). I'm curious as to how this is going to work. Wher...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri May 04, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 8903

Re: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals

This really is a great article. It's true that it's a little skewed by solely the people interviewed, but what do you expect when the columnist was seeing something for the first time that most people in the country honestly have never really heard of (the "real quizbowl" that is)? The comments abou...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Wed May 02, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Competition Parents
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Competition Parents

Yeah, there was a particular team at NHBB that had at least 4 extra team members, at least 3 people who looked like coaches, and at least 2 sets of parents in the room. This was in a hotel room. There was another team who, for just one player, had a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, and sist...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Wed May 02, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Competition Parents
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Competition Parents

I think, in competition folders (you know, the things you give teams when they register that usually have roster forms, rules, lunch information, etc.), we need to start including - especially in middle school - a sheet listing "appropriate conduct by spectators, parents, family, friends, etc." This...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Wed May 02, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I ended up reading the Middle School final as well, because Raynell appeared to be having a nervous breakdown or something. It was a fun, great game, and Longfellow came out on top. I had a really good time reading those middle school games and many parents and kids told me how much they enjoyed my...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Tue May 01, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Alright. Here is what i observed. I volunteered for this tournament on Saturday. I was not compensated for anything except $15 in cash for meals. This is of no problem to me as i wasn't here to get paid and wasn't here to feel like i was earning anything but maybe some connections and other abstract...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

A public and frank discussion needs to be had about the logistics of this tournament, if it's going to be more successful next year. I will defer to someone who had even more knowledge of what happened and why it happened, but i was there for most of the craziness on Saturday at the hotel so i can s...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 81080

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

The Rider Bowl stats won't matter a lot, but they did feature TJ and GDS and Gonzaga, and a good GDS B team and a Charter team that was like their B/C team.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Is there any update to the field here? I want to make sure this tournament is actually happening, since we did commit to attending.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 11033

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

RyuAqua wrote:
Down and out in Quintana Roo wrote:I mean, just write, "In addition to The Great Mahlke" or "Besides The Great Mahlke" or "That work is The Great Mahlke." It fixes these situations.
The work isn't "The Great Mahlke," though!
I read that paragraph too fast. I meant, protagonist. Or just simply "character."
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 11033

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

I mean, just write, "In addition to The Great Mahlke" or "Besides The Great Mahlke" or "That work is The Great Mahlke." It fixes these situations.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12
Replies: 86
Views: 28151

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12

nadph wrote:I will be attending Stanford next year barring some sort of rescinded admission, and definitely plan to play quizbowl there.
That's awesome Nikhil. Alexa would make a great teammate so i hope she gives it a shot while she's out there. Hopefully we'll run into each other in Atlanta in a few weeks.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

The bowl is mercilessly coming to an end. I left around 9:30 because i had a 2-hour drive home. I believe the Varsity HS quarterfinals were being read. I read the Middle School semifinals and finals. Longfellow was victorious and St. Ignatius finished second. The rest of the tournament, namely the g...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Awesome. Thanks so much Jeff. I figured it was there somewhere but i just couldn't find it.

I'm excited to staff! Good luck to all the teams.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 47194

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

A have a quick question about rules that i couldn't find in the rules document - i'll be reading tomorrow at the Arlington hotel so i want to be clear. It's kind of a rare event, but i just wanted to ask in case there is a rule. Which team gets to pick the lightning round category first if the two t...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Merits of the KMO?
Replies: 16
Views: 6257

Re: Merits of the KMO?

There aren't any, unless you like pieces of paper saying you participated or were the best (of 2!) teams in your state to compete.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 6073

Re: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion

Of course, if we have teams like Kealing playing on ACF Fall, and converting almost 18ppb (and 12.5 on ACF Regionals!!), then teams may inherently "demand" that questions get more difficult.

I pray that this does not happen.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Yeah, i read to them at Charter's tournament back in February and they were actually pretty awesome. I have no doubt that they will play teams just as well as Longfellow has over this year in the D.C. area.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 22347

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Independence Charter School. A middle school in/around Wilmington, DE.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 18000

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

Is quizbowlpackets.com just not being updated anymore or something? What is with the lack of packets posted there this year?
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 6073

Re: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago

Absolutely, i think i would be great as well. I doubt it will happen but i would love for that to be the case in Atlanta next month. I was just trying to ask for clarification on what Nick was saying.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 6073

Re: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago

In my opinion, this was the most appropriate (difficulty-wise) set I've seen at any of the NAQT national tournaments (MS, HS, ICT) that I've ever played or read. I think the bonus conversions back this up. Also, I read Kealing's 925 game. It was crazy. Nick, does that mean you're advocating for a H...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 81080

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

We know. I'm sure we all just hope that the rankings are as accurate as possible. They're great for what they are.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 81080

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

What the heck was added in this update, anyway?
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 81080

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

I think you missed St. Anselm's tournament on April 14th run on Yale's set.

And TJ's mirror of Prison Bowl on March 31st.

So, yeah, both tournaments CR has played since the last time you updated this.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago
Replies: 38
Views: 13680

Re: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago

I know it's early, but man, maybe we should start seriously looking at this team as being able to make some true waves at HSNCT, which they are attending. Scary good.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations to Bellarmine!
Replies: 100
Views: 42623

Re: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: May 26-27, Atlanta

Is NAQT planning on using the same scheduling as in previous years, even with more teams attending this tournament? By that i mean the standard 10 preliminary games with multiple byes, and accepting every team 6-4 and better into the playoffs.
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago
Replies: 38
Views: 13680

Re: 2012 NAQT MSNCT: April 21-22, Chicago

Is Kealing's score of 925 an all-time record for an NAQT game at any level?
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23
Replies: 46
Views: 19849

Re: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23

I just want to thank a few people as my last director-related post in this thread. Thank you to the teams that came. Every team displayed good sportsmanship and played their best. That's important. I never read a game where teams didn't shake hands, and i always appreciate that. Thank you to our CR ...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23
Replies: 46
Views: 19849

Re: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23

Thomas Jefferson won this tournament after winning the first game of an advantaged final against Georgetown Day A. Georgetown Day B was our third place school. Thank you to the teams that came today. The stats here are final. Please let us know of any corrections to them. See you next year. http://h...
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23
Replies: 46
Views: 19849

Re: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23

After a ludicrous comedy of errors from about 8:30 to 9:15, this tournament became a full round robin of just 12 teams. Let's call out the teams that nearly ruined this tournament! Walter Johnson could not attend because they could not travel out of state without prior permission. They e-mailed me t...